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From the Desk of Drew Early, Veterans Law Attorney
Hey Jim: This is a bit of an outlier of a case but still important if GAF scores were involved
in a VA mental disability assessment (typically with PTSD, but can also apply to other disorders).
The Court recognized that a GAF score is a subjective assessment; thus, it should be treated as
such and not be utilized if other rating criteria under the DSM-V are available.
(The DSM-V is the latest version of the standard manual on mental disorders from the American Psychiatric Association and the medical community no longer utilizes GAF scores).
THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to an increased disability rating for service-connected depressive disorder, currently evaluated as 30 percent disabling. 2. Entitlement to a total disability rating due to individual unemployability (TDIU) as a result of service-connected disabilities.
Jim...This is what VA has been implementing in fact for the last six+ months. The proposal clearly lays out that certain previous programs didn’t work, including the Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative that dated back to 2009. OK, so what's really important out of all of this?
1. VA has proposed the 1st major revamp of the appeals process in decades--they have recognized the old system doesn't work. No need to get into why that was the case, except that it means there are currently some 400,000+ appeals pending between the BVA and VBA combined, depending on whose numbers you use. (For those folks that want to dig into it, I refer you to the Monday Morning Workload Report and BVA's annual Report to the Congress).
2. The new system is, as advertised by the VA, to provide for appeals being processed with 125 days if they go through a review officer and within a year if the appeal goes before a judge at BVA. It is already being implemented for legacy appeals under Rapid Appeals Management Program (RAMP), in which a veteran can today ask for his appeal to be transferred to the new system. If a veteran does so, he cannot then have the appeal transfer back to the old system. Those goals for processing are just that--goals; this is all too new to see if VA can objectively meet these timelines. All appeals will fall under the new system beginning in February of 2019.
3. The new system has 3 tracks: higher level review, supplemental review, and formal appeal. Think of these tracks as the old Request for Reconsideration, local hearing (DRO), and formal hearing (BVA). The higher level review track precludes the submission of additional favorable evidence, so I cannot see ever suggesting a client go that route. The supplemental review route provides for new evidence but only if the evidence is new and material. Oh, and VA gets to choose what's "new and material". I see that being used in a big way by VA to limit appeals. I don't think much has to be said about formal appeals except that manning levels at the BVA were sufficient to process 50,000 appeals last fiscal year (while 60,000 new appeals came in the door). The BVA judges know what they are doing, once you can get to them. I am concerned that their capacity to get appeals out within a year is not sufficient, given the existing backlog inventory.
So, the appeals situation is ugly and has been for decades--we know that. Veterans have been their own worst enemy, as well, appealing everything they can without considering the waste of time and effort it puts everyone through. I recently helped a veteran at a BVA hearing; he had 33 items under appeal and we immediately withdrew 27 of those items. He had previously been advised by a well-meaning VSO to "claim everything and appeal everything". When I explained to him that 6 of his claims had merit and might actually result in a rating and the others, even if awarded, wouldn't change any combined rating, he then caught on. /s/ Drew
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This veteran supported Trump. Until Trump deported his wife.
But now, “I am eating my words”
Dr. Bash Opines On:
Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017
Dr. Bash also has some words of wisdom to share about how
to prepare for when this goes into effect in 2019.
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If there's one thing military members know, it's that when the Defense Department gives you too much money, it will come back for it eventually.The VA is similar, but the system is worse.
Veterans Group Sues to Block VA Shadow Rulers
A new lawsuit challenges the legality of a secret Mar-a-Lago troika after ProPublica
revealed its influence over the Department of Veterans Affairs. “This group has been
operating in the dark,” said Will Fischer, VoteVets’ director of government relations.
“Our goal in bringing this lawsuit is to bring these activities to light and
make sure our members, veterans and military families are able to see
what’s going on with our VA and the people directing the activities of our VA.”
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The man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, issued a stunning
rebuke of President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director
John Brennan. "I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so
I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency"
"Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in
the eyes of our children, humiliated
us on the world stage and, worst
of all, divided us as a nation"
TDIU??? Unemployability Questions??? IU????
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced several key leadership changes
today that will “take effect shortly.” Pamela Powers will become
VA Chief of Staff. Peter O’Rourke will become a Senior Advisor at VA.
Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd will become Acting Assistant Secretary for Human Resources
and Administration. Chris Syrek will become VA Deputy Chief of Staff.
Children poisoned by lead on U.S. Army bases as hazards go ignored
The Browns’ story and others, told publicly for the first time here, reveal a toxic scourge inside
homes on military bases. Previously undisclosed military and state health records,
and testing by Reuters for lead in soldiers’ homes, show problems at some of America’s
largest military installations. Reuters obtained medical data from the Army showing that at
least 31 small children tested high for lead at a Fort Benning hospital
over a recent six-year period. All tested above the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention’s threshold for elevated lead levels.
Where do I go to look for servicemembers who have had similar diseases?
When I am reevaluated for disability percentage of prostate cancer, what should I expect?
I am worried about my future exam because I'm not seeing the VA for my mental health issues, should I be concerned?
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Veterans and survivors simply submit all relevant records in their possession, and those records which are easily obtainable, such as private medical records, at the time they make their claim and certify that they have no further evidence to submit. VA can then review and process the claim more quickly.
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Why the OIG Did This Review The OIG conducted this review to
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